Chalk Text Effect

In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to create a chalk text effect in Photoshop. We will be modifying a chalk brush and using it to create a colorful chalk text effect.

Chalk Text Effect

To create a chalk text effect, you’ll need:

Step 1

Open the chalkboard image and use the Crop Tool to remove the black background and the corners.

Chalk Text Effect Chalkboard

Let’s darken the image now by going to Image > Adjustments > Levels and using the settings shown below.

Chalk Text Effect Levels

To make the colors more vivid, go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation and use the settings shown below.

Chalk Text Effect Hue/Saturation

Step 2

Write your text using the Blokletters Potlood font in white color and with 270pt font size.

Chalk Text Effect Text

I created the text here in two different layers in order to make them in different colors, but you can create them in one.

Chalk Text Effect Text Layers

Step 3

Go to Window > Brush to open the Brush panel and use the settings shown below.

Chalk Text Effect Brush Tip Shape

Chalk Text Effect Brush Shape Dynamics

Chalk Text Effect Dual Brush

Step 4

Hide your text layers.

Chalk Text Effect Hide Layers

Now, right click on the text layer and select Create Work Path.

Chalk Text Create Work Path

Set white as your foreground color, grab the Direct Selection Tool, create a new layer above all the other layers and name it “Chalk”.

Chalk Text Chalk

Right click on the path and select Stroke Path.

Chalk Text Stroke

Use the settings shown below.

Chalk Text Stoke Path

Chalk Text Stroke Path Result

If you have a different font size, you might need a different brush size.

Step 5

To stroke each letter with a different color, first create a work path and then with the Direct Selection Tool selected, click and drag to select the letter’s anchor points.

Chalk Text Direct Selection Tool

Set the foreground color to whatever you want to color the letter with. Lighter colors work best here. Then, stroke the path like you did before, but don’t press Enter until you have stroked all the letters. From left to right, the colors used here are #f5989d, #fff799, #bd8cbf, #fdbd89, #79bcde and #82ca89.

Chalk Text Colorful Letters

Step 6

Finally, we will enhance the colors slightly by creating an adjustment layer. To do so, click on the Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer option in the layers palette, and select Gradient Map from the list that appears.

Chalk Text Adjustment Layer

The adjustment layer should be on top of all the other layers. Then, set its opacity at 40% and change its blending mode to Multiply.

Chalk Text Gradient Map

Use the settings below for the gradient.

Chalk Text Gradient

And we’re done! The chalk text effect tutorial is complete!

Chalk Text Effect